Misdiagnosis of breast cancer
Women in Harlow and across the UK may be interested in learning some of the particulars involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. If a patient has noticed any changes to their breasts, it may be prudent to see a physician.
The process of diagnosing and treating breast cancer will usually start with the patient’s general practitioner. After an examination, the GP will make a decision on whether or not to refer the patient to a specialist breast clinic for further tests.
If a patient is referred to a clinic, various tests may be scheduled. A mammogram or ultrasound is used to examine the breasts using x-rays or ultrasound waves. A radiologist will examine the results of the test and determine if the results are normal or if the patient requires further tests, such as a biopsy. Biopsies involve taking a tissue sample which will be examined in a laboratory by a pathologist who will establish whether the sample is benign or shows sign of cancer.
The process of identifying cancer may involve decisions made by a number of medical staff. Diagnostic errors at any stage of the process may lead to delays in treatment and additional injury to the patient. For example, an incorrect decision by a GP could lead to weeks or months of delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
If a patient has been misdiagnosed, they may be entitled to compensation for the injuries caused by a doctor’s negligence. A solicitor who is familiar with the laws relating to medical negligence may be able to advise a client who feels that they have suffered adverse events due to a medical practitioner’s failure to meet standards of care.